The Nimzo-Indian Defense is one of those openings every player should have in their repertoire.
It’s flexible, asks BIG questions of White, and will improve your overall game by teaching you a ton of strategic concepts.
Now you can learn this fantastic opening with 50+ hours of lessons from GM Eugene Perelshteyn, GM Damian Lemos, GM Bryan Smith, GM Roman Dzindzichashvili, GM Timur Gareev, and other renowned world-class chess coaches!
Why Play the Nimzo-Indian Defense:
✔ Has been played by every World Champion since Capablanca
✔ Offers multiple ways for Black to play
✔ Rapid development
✔ Strategically sound
Some of the Authors
GM Eugene Perelshteyn
Eugene Perelshteyn is an international grandmaster and chess author. He earned the International Master title in 2001 and obtained his Grandmaster title in 2006. He won the U.S. Junior Closed Championship in 2000.
Perelshteyn is currently one of the top players in the United States, his rating hitting a peak of 2555 Elo.
He started playing chess when he was seven years old, taught by his father Mikhail Perelshteyn, a professional chess coach. At the age of 10, he played in his first tournaments.
In 2001, Perelshteyn was awarded the Samford Chess Fellowship by the US Chess Trust. After taking two years off from school in order to play chess professionally, Perelshteyn returned to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and graduated in 2004.
GM Damian Lemos
Damian Lemos is a grandmaster from Argentina with a peak rating of 2559 Elo.
In his lessons, Damian works closely with students to first identify the flaws and weaknesses in their games so that they can be properly evaluated and corrected.
By developing specifically-tailored training regimens for every one of his students, Grandmaster Lemos is able to achieve results that other chess coaches dream of.
GM Mihail Marin
Mihail Marin is a Romanian chess Grandmaster and a very popular chess coach and author. Marin’s first major success in international chess was qualifying for the Interzonal in 1987.
He has won the Romanian Championships on three occasions and has played in the Chess Olympiads ten times, winning a bronze individual medal in 1988. For several years he was editor of the magazine Chess Extra press.
GM Mihail Marin is one of the most respected coaches in the world today having trained the young Judit Polgar and being praised for his ability to explain deep chess truths in a way improving players can understand.
GM Bryan Smith
Bryan Smith is an American Grandmaster and chess coach. GM Smith has won many international tournaments including Limpedea Cup (Romania), Citta di Erba (Italy), Easter International (Serbia), Philadelphia International, National Chess Congress, US Masters, etc.
Grandmaster Bryan Smith grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Grandmaster Roman Dzindzichashvili is former two time U.S. Champion & Russian Champion, World Open Winner, writer & teacher, former chess coach & trainer for World Champions Garry Kasparov & Anatoly Karpov.
Also, Miloje Ratkovic, Andrew Martin, Timur Gareev, David Vigorito, and Chris Ward are experts in the Nimzo-Indian Defense and renowned international chess coaches.
Is this course for me?
Don’t like the cramped positions of the King’s Indian? Prefer to play positionally instead of having to defend scary attacks?
Learn the Nimzo-Indian, one of the best chess openings for Black!
The ultimate Nimzo-Indian strategy is that 80% of the time, Black gives up the dark-squared bishop and doubles White’s c-pawns.
You’ll learn a systematic way of shutting down White’s activity and piling up on their weak spots… with devastating effect!
With this 50-hour chess course, you’ll get a complete GM repertoire in the Nimzo-Indian for life!
Here’s a Small Part of What You’ll Get:
Positional Nimzo-Indian Repertoire – Bundle
GM Mihail Marin needs no introduction – he is one of the most acknowledged theoreticians and authors of our time. In this project, he is launching a very ambitious series of databases devoted to the “queen of openings” – the Nimzo-Indian. Arguably, the Nimzo, alongside with the Ruy Lopez, are the two openings every single top player and almost every single GM have played at some point in their careers. The Nimzo is so vastly popular due to its versatility and flexibility – you can get literally any type of position, such as IQP, hanging pawns, positions with the bishop pair, pawn chains, lead in development, etc. Both sides have a massive amount of choice almost on every move.
And GM Marin suggests some less explored systems based on solid positional grounds. Following his repertoire, you shouldn’t memorize long and forced lines but build a fundamental understanding of the arising positions and structures.
In his second database, GM Mihail Marin completes the examination of Nimzo-Indian Defense. After dealing with the two main moves (4.Qc2 and 4.e3) in Part 1, he now analyzes all other possibilities for White. The Romanian grandmaster stays loyal to his style and suggests some less explored systems based on solid positional grounds. Following his repertoire, you shouldn’t memorize long and forced lines but build a fundamental understanding of the arising positions and structures. The database contains 20 theoretical chapters and 15 test positions!
Nimzo-Indian Complete Repertoire for White with GM Davorin Kuljasevic
Learn GM Davorin Kuljasevic’s system against the Nimzo-Indian in his superb 10-hour Opening Lab course.
GM Kuljasevic has played this opening for over 12 years, holding a stunning record! 21 Wins, 12 Draws and 0 Losses against GM competition! That makes his Nimzo performance rating an insane 2718!!!
Instead of a general “Black moves here, White moves here” approach, Davorin bases your opening preparation on model games.
GM Kuljasevic explains not just the move orders, subtleties, and best variations but most importantly the middlegames, typical pawn structures, piece maneuvers, common piece exchanges, and other strategically important concepts.
He goes the extra mile to make sure you really do get the GM opening preparation by the end of the course.
A repertoire against 1.d4. Part 3 Nimzo-Indian Defense – GM Jan Gustafsson
In this 4 hour course for chess24, GM Jan Gustafsson gives a solid and classical repertoire against all of White’s options on move 4, including Capablanca’s 4.Qc2, the classical 4.e3, Kasparov’s 4.Nf3, 4.g3, 4.f3, and other alternatives.
Crushing White – The Nimzo-Indian Defense – GM Damian Lemos
The Nimzo-Indian Defense is an incredibly effective weapon for black against 1. d4, typically generating double-edged positions very early in the opening.
This chess DVD will teach you the basic principles of the Nimzo-Indian Defense, placing special emphasis on recurring tactical and positional concepts to ensure your preparation is complete.
After providing a general overview of the main ideas in the Nimzo-Indian Defense, GM Damian Lemos goes on to recommend his preferred responses in each of the main lines and sidelines by delving into his deep experience of playing the Nimzo-Indian at the Grandmaster level.
Presenter FM Will Stewart assists by clarifying key points and breaking down critical concepts in the DVD for beginner and intermediate audiences. ¨Crushing White – The Nimzo-Indian Defense¨ features over 2 hours of high-quality chess content that is guaranteed to provide you with an aggressive opening system for black against 1. d4.
Beating the Nimzo-Indian Defense with 4. Qc2 – GM Timur Gareev
GM Timur Gareev is an American Grandmaster who was a part of the University of Texas at Brownsville’s chess team from August 2005 to August 2006 and also from August 2009 to December 2011 where he helped the university obtain its first national championship.
This course by GM Timur Gareev for Intermediate and Advanced players has a detailed look at The 4.Qc2 Nimzo Indian. Timur explains that there is no reason to allow a Queen’s Indian because Black will struggle against this White response and that the Black Nimzo Indian is harmless as the 4.Qc2 move is favoured by both Kasparov and Carlsen with excellent results.
The ideas for White are supported by extensive analysis – this knowledge will support improvement in all players’ positional understanding and help them to Master the very important area of taming The Nimzo-Indian with the Classical 4.Qc2
VECO – Vol#2 The Nimzo-Indian Defense – GM Damian Lemos & GM Eugene Perelshteyn
The Nimzo Indian Defense is a chess opening for Black against 1.d4 and occurs after the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 (see the diagram on the right).
It was developed by the famous chess master Aaron Nimzowitsch and is a popular opening choice at all levels, a choice of players looking to win with Black against 1.d4.
It has been a reliable setup for Black for many years, and still remains one of the highly trusted options against White’s first move 1.d2-d4. The Nimzo-Indian Defense not only gives a decent game for Black, but also offers high chances for double-edged positions with rich resources for fighting for a victory.
Thus, the Nimzo-Indian Defense is included in the Black repertoires of the greatest chess players ever, such as Capablanca, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Petrosian, Spassky, Karpov, Kasparov, Anand, Kramnik, Carlsen and many others.
In many variations, the resulting unbalanced positions offer scope for both sides to play for a win.
Nimzo-Indian Defence – GM Chris Ward
GM Ward is a major expert in the Nimzo-Indian and he pinpoints Black’s zippiest options against all the White systems. Plenty of hard counter-punching and Chris Ward’s own secrets. Watch out for his improvements in Kasparov’s preferred lines!
Part 1: 4.Bd2
Part 2: 4.e3
Part 3: 4.a3
Part 4: 4.g3
Part 5: 4.Nf3
Part 6: 4.Bg5
Part 7: 4.f3
Part 8: 4.Qb3/4.Qc2
Nimzo-Indian – IM Andrew Martin
This hypermodern opening was developed by Grandmaster Aron Nimzowitsch who introduced it to master-level chess in the early 20th century. Unlike most Indian openings, the Nimzo-Indian does not involve an immediate fianchetto, although Black often follows up with …b6 and …Bb7.
By pinning White’s knight Black prevents the threatened 4.e4 and seeks to inflict doubled pawns on White. White will attempt to create a pawn centre and develop his pieces to prepare for an assault on the Black position.
Black’s delay in committing to a pawn structure makes the Nimzo-Indian (sometimes colloquially referred to as the “Nimzo”) a very flexible defence to 1.d4. It can also transpose into lines of the Queen’s Gambit or Queen’s Indian Defence.
The Nimzo-Indian is a very popular and well-respected defence to 1.d4, and has been played by every world champion since Capablanca. Indeed, White often plays 3.Nf3 to avoid the Nimzo-Indian, allowing him to meet 3…Bb4 (the Bogo-Indian Defence) with 4.Bd2 or 4.Nbd2 rather than 4.Nc3.
In this 171 minutes DVD, IM Andrew Martin breaks down all the fundamentals and new key ideas of this rapidly developing opening for Black.
Repertoire for Black vs. Queen’s Gambit – GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
- The Contemporary Shield of the Nimzo Indian
GM Dzindzichashvili continues his coverage of the Nimzo-Indian Defense from Blacks perspective, examining systems such as the Saemich Variation (4.a3), the 4.f3 Variation, and important “anti-Huebner” systems such as the Rubenstein (4.e3 c5 5.Nge2), and the Petrosian (4.e3 c5 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.Nge2).
- The Legendary Shield of the Nimzo Indian
GM Dzindzichashvili provides the viewer with a solid chess opening for Black repertoire based on the Huebner variation of the Nimzo-Indian Defense. In this video he also covers (from Blacks perspective) coverage of the 4.Nf3 Variation (followed by g2-g3) and the Leningrad Variation (4.Bg5).
- Ambushed by the Bogo Indian
GM Dzindzichashvili provides the viewer with a compliment to his Nimzo-Indian repertoire as he shows the viewer how to deal with 3.Nf3 by employing the Bogo Indian (3…Bb4+). His recommended lines for Black involve variations beginning with 4.Bd2 Qe7, and 4.Nbd2 0-0.
Significant Changes in Some Critical Positions in the Nimzo-Indian – GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
On this DVD, Roman brings you the latest theory in the Nimzo-Indian. Based on the games in the last 12 to 18 months, Roman will give you new ideas and surprise reversal of previous opening evaluations.
Nimzo Indian for White – IM David Vigorito
David walks us through a series of theoretical positions in the Nimzo and explains the possibilities and opportunities and what to look for in the four main responses for White.
In the fifth lecture, David examines a game in the Nimzo between Magnus Carlsen vs. Viswanathan Anand and explains the brilliant action in play.
Content: 117 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 5 lectures. PGN Included.
Recommended for: All Levels Players.
Users rated this series: 4.22 out of 5
Chess Fans have said: Very informative. Will need to look at again as there are so many lines, but that is good- it shows you are very detailed with all your lectures! Thanks.
IM David Vigorito was the 2007 Massachusetts Champion, as well as the state champion of New Hampshire and Nevada. He was the Champion of the Boylston (Boston) Chess Club, with a USCF rating of 2479. David played in the 2006 U.S. Championship after finishing in a tie for 3rd place at the U.S. Open in Phoenix. He is a successful chess author – his Challenging the Nimzo-Indian was very well received by critics and players alike, and his second book, Play the Semi-Slav, was eagerly anticipated. David is an active chess coach for students at all ages and levels.
Nimzo-Indian Patterns – IM Bryan Smith
International Master Bryan Smith explains Nimzo-Indian Defense strategies with real games.
This hypermodern opening was developed by Grandmaster Aron Nimzowitsch who introduced it to master-level chess in the early 20th century. Unlike most Indian openings the Nimzo-Indian does not involve an immediate fianchetto, although Black often follows up with …b6 and …Bb7. By pinning White’s knight Black prevents the threatened 4.e4 and seeks to inflict doubled pawns on White. White will attempt to create a pawn center and develop his pieces to prepare for an assault on the Black position.
Content: 140 minutes of chess theory and discussion, with example games, over a series of 8 lectures.
Includes: ECO: E41, E32, E44, E42, E24, E13, E29
Recommended for: Intermediate Players
Users rated this series: 4.42 out of 5
Chess Fans have said: Superb video Bryan, very instructive. I am looking forward to the rest of this set.
Ideas for Nimzo Indian Players vs 1.c4, then vs 1.Nf3 – IM David Vigorito
A clear explanation of a plan for black against both the English Opening and Reti Opening. David guides you into Nimzo-Indian type positions against these menacing Flank Openings.
Content: 46 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 2 lectures. PGN Included.
Recommended for: Beginning Players.
Users rated this series: 3.55 out of 5
Chess Fans have said: excellent lecture really enjoyed it, David.